Channel: Waleed Basyouni
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar
hamdulillah in men who want to stay in or who want to study who want to start Pharaoh, when belimbing chelonian fusina Musa Tia Marina Maja de la vida de La Hoya Euclid Farah hodja y Chateau La la la la la la la sharika wash. Mohammed Abu rasuluh Allahumma salli ala Muhammad Anwar Ali Mohammed Camus Allah tala Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim in naka hamidou Majeed abajo by the law
of praise due to align His praise and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his family, his companions and his followers until the day of judgment.
My dear brothers and sisters, what I would like to speak about today, and inshallah and several hope buzz to come
about a concept is very interesting in Islam.
And they think it's interest each and every one of us, which is the concept of being the best or being among the best. This word is a beautiful word. It's a good word, something we all love to be.
We all love to be at the best of what we do.
The best type of life, the best type of education, the best health care, would like to have the best knowledge of the things that I do. I want to have the best way. I want to have the best kids right on have the best
also want to have the best team.
So you always want to have the best in your life and always seek to be among the best, the best of humanity. Because
I do believe if you were able to do your best, you will be able to shape the hill
history of the place and the time that you're living in.
Those will have shaped history
are the one who did their best.
And the one who every day in their life, they come up and they walk up. And their goal is to be among the best. When they say to themselves, that settling with passing by is not a good is not a choice. Good is not a good enough.
Their attitude is good or great
is surviving or thriving.
Those who aim very high and live this, the people who love that concept of the best,
the best among us, always remembered, years after the pass away.
How many people were exist 100 years ago.
And how many of them you remember today? How many people lived 1000 years ago, and how many of them that they still mentioned today. It's the best among them. Even the best among it, basically, it is relevant, isn't it? So even the best among the companions are the one that will always remember there is a 500,000 companions hum smeared out Sahabi as a massage Rahim Allah said, but we still you always remember and focus only on several of them, which is the best among the companions. So the best among every generation, the best among every group, they are the one who will always Excel and will be Remember,
if we have this attitude, and my talk is not about having this attitude, but it is important introduction to shall
I say always, you know, to my students, and my friends and my family members, and I want to share this with you today as well. You always should try to shoot at the moon. Because guess what, if you miss it, you will land on a star.
If you always aim so high, even if you miss that high goal, you will learn some way up there.
And that should be the spirit of our life. And that the attitude that Islam taught us as Muslims, and inspire us to be.
And there is a very beautiful word to the concept of the best, which is much, much better than the word in English. The word in Arabic carries so many meanings. It's so much it has so much it's so rich, the word clear,
which is usually we transfer it to the best a few
hierarchy comes from the word higher, which it means goodness, righteousness, because a higher is the obedience of Allah, Allah higher is the servant of Allah.
and higher is the rewarding act. A higher it is the opposite of evil, harmful,
non beneficial things, I will tell you in Arabic language, always give you two meanings. And that's also the concept of being the best.
It's always based on two pillars. Number one is there's so much good in you coming in, you develop yourself to be yourself the best, then that will not just stay inside you. When you start sharing this with others when you start stretching. And when you start helping others then when you became the best. It doesn't matter if you have the best love feeling in the world about your spouse, or about your community or about your messenger and this will not come out and appear in your actions with them. It's a meaningless no matter how sincere love is, how deep your love is. It doesn't matter how good manners you have or taught or how much informations you have about manners. But if
you don't deal with people with the best of manners, you're never going to be the best.
So the concept of higher income the higher it means so much coming in and so much coming out.
It's both way
those the best Humala DNA and
those who benefit themselves and benefit others. Yes, I do. When you say do, they are happy, but also they make others happy. They are like grain. Wherever they fall. They will cause
Goodness, water for the land bring life to life. They're like lights, whenever they come to a place the move away or remove the darkness.
They are the one who have a clear
intention, pure heart, they have the best of intention for everybody and for themselves, they always they filled their heart with goodness. And they filled their brain and mind and thoughts with good ideas that it will benefit them and others. their tongue is so sweet. Their heart is so soft, their hand so long and stretched out to reach others.
And their goodness, can be seen, can be heard, can be touched, can be filled.
Their goodness, it's in their hearts in their mind and their tongue in their hands. And the way they deal with the people who are close to them or far away from them.
And they want to say something before I move on to my main issue. Something important because sometimes when we talk about the best of being the best people ask me sometimes shift isn't encouraged us to be humble.
You know not to think so much about yourself.
being humble, it doesn't mean that you didn't think much about yourself.
Humble doesn't mean that you think basically less of yourself.
As humble is not the thing is to think less about yourself. It doesn't mean that you think less of yourself, but you think less about yourself. No, you care about others, but it doesn't mean that you look down upon yourself.
Pride, confidence, high self esteem. All these are good meanings in Islam and do not they are not synonymous to the word arrogance. A thicker Elisa
Nathan in Kippur
is two big difference between the two
proud people confidence people
are always confident about themselves and about their abilities.
But arrogant people I notice and you can see it in the TV almost every day. These days. arrogant people.
They are so insecure.
You know proud and confidence people I notice in my life.
They look at hard work as their way an opportunity to achieve success.
But I saw in my life arrogant people
are basically an opportunity seekers.
They seek opportunities take advantage of opportunities, they not do a hard work.
confident people don't have a need to impress others. While arrogant people have a constant urge to impress others.
Proud people think all people deserve to be treated equally and deserve deserve better.
While Harrigan people think they are better than others.
If you want to see demonstrated, in your lifetime, very clearly, look at our president and the previous president.
Look at our PR DC White House that look to the parliament, the Prime Minister of Canada.
And I don't want to be too political. But you see the difference between pride and arrogance.
You're demonstrated clearly between the two the confidence, self confidence, and arrogance.
goodness in Islam, and being the best in Islam is not based on criteria of Islam. being the best in Islam is not based on your race. It's not based on your gender is not based on your social status is not based on your income is not based on your level of education necessarily. being the best is not based on all these materials.
It is based on a very principle that all of us know as Muslims in our karma come into law. The best thing
is the one who possess the best of qualities which is a taqwa
being the best in Islam.
Basically, it is the result of hard work is the result of a commitment.
a high degree of Islam being among the best, it means that you something you have to work to earn it. It's something earned is not something you inherit.
That's why I was fired Allah in the Quran, Allah to remind us, don't be like the people who have the book, who inherited the book. And because they inherited the book, they thought themselves the best. But indeed, they were not.
Because what make you the best is not by being Mohammed or Ahmed or from Pakistan or from Egypt.
That doesn't make you the best
doesn't make you the best that you just call yourself a Muslim.
It is basically what makes you the best is not to be it just inside the circle.
You know, being in the hospital, it doesn't make you a doctor.
Being a mechanic shop doesn't make you a mechanic, you have to know what you're doing. So being in that circle, which is Islam or Eman, you have to know what Islam is to practice than to know and to learn. So you can basically earn that unit virtue of being among the best.
all these so called secrets for success that here's some books, best seller secrets for success, secrets success. I don't think they have secrets anymore. But anyway, all these secrets of success success, in my opinion, will not work. Unless you do.
Unless you start doing it. You can hear and read so many books as much as you want, when unless you start doing something and taking basically actions. And that's what the best comes from is to start taking these steps and actions. So if you are waiting for something to turn up,
I'd be Today's the day to start with your shirt sleeves, turn it up
and start working.
Also, there's an interesting point to know about the concept of the best in Islam.
could I had in the who foresaw and yakun mean affording us. It's so interesting how Islam also teach us that everyone can be among the best. So the best is not being elite, where basically you are completely far away from the rest of the people. It by whatever materialistic means no, everyone has the ability to be among those leads among those basically the best and society or the best of humanity. If you are male or female, you're young or old, you're rich, or poor. You're well educated, or less educated,
you are a good righteous Muslim,
or you are a sinner, and a person who fought away from the deed, you still can be the best,
you still have a chance, has an interesting concept.
The best. Basically, also, it doesn't mean that the best and results in the best and effort.
And that's a very difference. I have a friend of mine here and those muster the businessman taught me something very beneficial in business. He always keeps telling me shefali don't mix between efforts and results. Don't mix between efforts or results. Somebody works so hard for you, but he doesn't produce results. You let him go in business.
Then every time you hear that, I said
thank you Allah.
Because Allah doesn't deal with us this way. Allah reward us and hold us accountable based on what efforts not results.
You do. You're basically ever you get your word for it. It doesn't matter the results achieve it or not. You just put you do what you've been asked to do. You get your full day work, yet in a
In the Day of Judgment, a profit what can be better than a profit? If you in materialistic way you want to basically evaluate and you basically will see is this a good amount of labor? Now, again, I'm doing my job or not. You will ask one question, what's the result of your talk?
I'm not insinuating anything here, but I'm just giving making it like easy for you to think
about. So a profit is a guy who's supposed to have a mission to Calculus law. He will come in the day of judgment and with no single follower
is a failure net is used among the worst now is the best because he did and fulfill what also had asked him to do.
I think it's important for us
to know that we do have that ability to do the actions and not just wait for the results. That's why I always say it's important to die while upon this path. It's not the point to die when you reach the destiny.
No, the destiny shall come this live or next. That e word will come this live or next. But we do what we supposed to do. And that's what allows pannacotta or us to do
also an Islam ask us and encourage us always to aim very high as I said earlier, when he died he gave me a 10 Fs in with an episode what can be the best of this life to achieve is to intergender to achieve the blue the light will be pleased with you. And a loss of Let's race to this scenario.
compete with one another. When you ask a lot of gender, which is the best thing you asked a lot the best of the gender which is the highest level and for those that Allah
something so inspiring. When you talk and Islam telling you just don't say what is good. He said we're all really nasty husana we're thinking you're doing
nothing Hasson Haitian and other thinking. Yeah, and he
that the last two verses in the Quran encourage us that when we talk to people, we say the best of things to them.
You always aim to be the one who say the best. That's why it used to be for how you be asked and Amina. When someone greets you with agree even a simple fact a simple matter that happened every single day in your life. How many times people say to you, I know you guys work mainly with non Muslims, but invested how many times it's 390 that ABC said on a commission say
I hate it when people send me a message in emails as salam aleikum wa rahmatullah. Wa Alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakato much writing.
But I said, My, to myself, and I write just
what do you want?
All the time. So but I said, but you know what it reminds me every single day when I meet people, that I have to be better than them.
I have to have the higher ground.
These rules of Sharia are not necessarily meant for itself.
It meant for itself but also there is a wisdom behind there is a bigger goal he should inspire by
an introduction point and this I don't need to go over them again. In the future. It was about being the best. Something very interesting.
Which is being the best if you look at the verses that Heidi the best among you, the one who does this the best, I mean, who does that? You will see they are not restricted to one area.
Any for example, the best among you the one who read the Quran or learn the Quran, somebody said, Oh my god, I can be among them. No, you know what the best among you the one who is the best to his family? Share? I'm single, I'm widow. I'm divorced. Nobody wants to marry me. You know, what can I do? You know what Alan said the best among you the one who the best and returning the debt. This one also doesn't fit me I don't have money.
You see every cent you're another How do you talk about the best among you the one of the softest of hearts? The one who have the cleanest of tongue.
So you will find areas, many different areas can make you among the best of humanity
is so inspiring. So interesting. Because sometimes what do we do? We just narrow our mind that being a best is only in one area or on one category of people. While we have so many areas you can achieve, you know that virtue through
so many so many channels you have?
What do people think that being the best when you said the best among the Muslims? What will come to your mind.
always come to your mind. Oh, must be the one who pray the most fast the most. Donate the most made Hajj the most and one of the most
parallel you will see I collected for
This not horrible, but for this series about 30 different headings, all of them start with this phrase how you can, how you will nest the best among you the best of people, not a single one of these ahaadeeth referring to any one of the things that is as mentioned,
notice single one of them said the best among you the one who pray the most, the best among you the one who Not a single one of them.
Not a single one of them, restrictively, only talking about. So virtue
or you know about deeds that only related to you, that every single one of them, if we talk about an act of worship that you do personally, it will be combined with something else that benefit others.
Going back to the concept that I said earlier in my talk, that the concept of being the best, it has to be two things, a combination of two things good coming in, and good coming out.
When the Muslim Ummah,
understood the simple fact,
when the Muslim woman understood the simple, important principle, they were coming to higher omega, leanness, they were the best nation because they cared about others, as they cared about themselves. They shared the knowledge, the virtue, the spread goodness, the stop evil and harmful things. That what made them the best what made them lead the humanity?
I asked Thomas panatela to make us among the best of his service. And I really interested in going and digging deep and Soliz, how do shala in future weeks, because I been in this community for 20 years now.
And I always say this not on your front of you in this member only, but everywhere behind your back. And wherever I go, I say I would never choose a community over my community.
Not because I think less of other communities. But because I think the best of you.
Because I think so much of those brothers and sisters that I deal with every single day, for the last 20 years. you demonstrate to this over the course of many years, and you did again and again. And last time wasn't this Ramadan were so inspiring.
From the youth to the older, from the sisters to the brothers, so inspiring, the rich and the poor,
the olders and the young.
And that's that's why I thought it will be very suitable for the best to know about this concept. Because one thing also is not about being the best. There is no maximum.
There is a minimum, but there's no maximum. You can go very high and no one will be ever to reach to the absolute top. Even Mohammed Salim even Mohammed Salah Yasser Allah and Allah Hector and Aisha tolerogenic Rahmatullah jasola even you your deeds and your acts will not be equal to your position and state antenna is it No way.
No human being can make an urn that it's a full of Allah, you do the reason for a lot of blessings or a lot to accept it. You need that favor and help from Allah Spano da so you will always stay humble.
Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah
hamdulillah salat wa salam O Allah Milena v.
Or praise dieselon His praise and blessing peace be upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And my brothers and sisters, you all aware of the situation's of the people in the border, and the people who basically been suffering and many families suffering by separated from their families in recent crisis. That many fact as I said earlier, some people just like chaos to excel. And they can excel in a normal situation, create that chaos to be, you know, to excel and to pass their ideas.
Regardless, then I've seen some Muslim go into the debate over, you know, legal,
you know, immigrants or illegal always debate for me is on the site. That's not the place that's not the member for it. It's back there in the community center. If you ever want as a community to have a debate over immigration policies, anything can contribute to that. I will make sure to arrange it and invite politicians because we should
We're very smart people, this community can bring solutions, I'm sure and competence of them. But what I want to say that that is something that's called heart.
There is something called compassion.
There is something called care.
There's something called mercy.
Men lie on ham radio.
When you see, you know,
a kid who you know special needs separated from his mom and dad and don't know where to go.
It is hard for us to process this.
In when they solve this crisis in the border,
it that's one lessons we should reflect upon, we see what can we do to make sure that you know, express our voice. I'm not sure if you knew or not, there is our put in the website of the mustard, the mustard.org certain link, and I will advise you
to voice your concern. And Hamdulillah, our mayor here in Houston refuse to open detentions for children. But I just heard recently that there is pressure from federal government and stuff like that, to bring facilities here. And the mayor is pushing back and he needs the help of the people.
In the many elected officials need the help of the people. And it's our role as a community to voice out. Our role is to remember this, you know what, there is another single pig deserve to stay in that seat. And I'll tell you how so many of these racist bigots, you know, useless politicians that we have.
They are in these seats, not because you voted for them.
They are under seats, mainly because good people like yourself, don't vote.
Good people, like yourself, don't show up.
Too busy with life. Yesterday, a lawyer, a family lawyer, he was telling me about how miserable and horrible family courts in Houston become
trumpist lawyer the column
or the elected some races if you're a brown color person or somebody who doesn't have you know, a looks at the look that you like or your faith or background.
You will see how difficult Your life will be.
Shall I don't wish for anyone here to go through Family Court. But you know what that happens.
That's when you have no choice over. But you have a choice over who's the good, safe, fair judge to be there who have common sense.
So that's one thing the second thing also make you reflect upon a bigger crisis.
Not only separating a mom from her son, and put the son in a in a safe environment and the mother in the same in a cell whatever environment is. Can you think of serious kids?
Can you see that pictures of the kids staying between two graves?
What separated them is not a fence? Steph.
Can you think of the Palestinians killed?
miners taken and snatched away from their family
beaten up behind the walls
burned alive by settlers.
Think about that. Think about the the bombing kids
were separated from their parents, like dude burning them alive.
Think about the border crisis.
Think about these millions of people a few days back. We had the day of the refugees.
Syrian made the most of the refugees in the world today.
as I have to hope was in my last to do this year. What about the history of Syria?
Syria used to lend the richest country in the world money.
You do know how much deep civilization I'm not. I'm not serious. I'm not planning to you know, have any family ties with insurance. I bought a friend series. But that's something I deeply know how rich heritage and how just how this could have been destroyed so much, as well as many others. And the other one is, listen. There's so much history that was beyond your imagination.
People don't know about and because there's a life crisis. I think it's important for us to know
Hopefully we also get to know more about I talked once before about Kashmir crisis I talked before about the Burmese, the American state. And hopefully you get a chance to talk about these 25 millions who live in China, but also nobody knows about them.
Yes, we cannot do much about the political situation. But we can have the compassion, the love.
Because I'm worried brothers and sisters.
If we don't care,
I'm worried that one day
may Allah never happened,
will be in that situation.
And at that moment you wish to just people care for you.
I ask Allah subhanaw taala to make it easy for everyone and to the leaf of the hardship and the calamity of every family, and to bring justice and fairness to this world. And to make the leadership of this country all over the world in the hands of those who are fair and just and merciful.
And people of virtue and taqwa ask Allah Subhana Allah young fella the no brainer when you're Hamada fena without Ceylon IV meds now I'm rihani now along in the other gentleman, the gentleman
on our home because he wants to have Elena satin Latina. Well, he didn't live with Lena, long Indiana who became in him new and has a new album we will we'll see you man a lot more friendly. Ronnie Dino Nina.
Nina, Selena, Amara Mohammed.
Shadow Allah, Allah, La ma shadow. No Mohammed